Chicken Satay is a wonderful dish that can function as an appetizer or the main event, depending on your mood. Add in the Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce and you're going to wonder why you ever ate chicken without it.
There is just something about meat on a stick that gives me all the feels. LOL, get your mind out of the gutter. But seriously y'all, put chicken or beef on a steak, grill or bake it, add in a yummy dipping sauce and I am all yours. These types of dishes are typical of events that have passed hor d'oeuvres because of their functionality. Who doesn't love easy finger food, right? Easy to eat, clean hands, gone in 2 seconds… what's not to love? Trust me, if a server is walking by with a platter of these bad boys, you best believe I'm chasing after them and grabbing a handful before the rest of the crowd can eat that platter clean.
But, you should also trust me when I say that these are not just made for a wedding cocktail hour. They are an amazingly delicious at-home meal, side dish, or party appetizer. If you love entertaining, or are if you are like me and you refuse to show up to someone's house for a meal or an event without bringing something, these are a total crowd-pleaser. And they don't last very long – look away and you may not get your fair share.
Anywho, we grilled these one Sunday afternoon and after taking one bite, I immediately kicked myself for not whipping up this recipe sooner. I've had a love affair with spicy peanut sauce since I was young. I grew up loving my mom's peanut butter noodles and have always told myself I was going to make something that would bring that childhood memory back. While this isn't a pasta dish, the sauce truly brought me home. However, I do think that it could be tweaked to work on spaghetti or your favorite pasta, so keep your eye out for that future recipe!
What I ALSO love about this dish – and I obviously love a lot of things – is that it's good hot or cold. When we were in leftover mode, I have to admit that I consumed half of the Tupperware straight out of the refrigerator, not even bothering to heat them up. They were good off the stick, amazing on top of a salad, and I am willing to bet that they'd be bonkers inside a pita. Great, now I want one.
While this is a super easy recipe, it does take a bit of time because the chicken needs to marinate for at least one hour, preferably two. So, if you aren't in a rush, this meal is best if you take that time; the longer it sits, the better the flavor! Don't find yourself in a pickle by going to prep and realizing too late that the chicken should already be chilling in your marinade! Total prep time is a minimum of 1.5 hours, so keep that in mind.
If you're looking for other chicken recipes, try my Perfectly Crispy Buffalo Wings!
Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
For the chicken
2.5 lbs chicken
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup coconut milk
2 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp yellow curry paste
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp ground turmeric
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Pepper to taste
For the dipping sauce
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp ginger, minced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp smooth peanut butter
2 tsp soy sauce
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sriracha
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp crushed red pepper
- If using wooden skewers, soak them in water while you are prepping the chicken and sauce.
- In a small bowl, mix together the minced garlic, coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, yellow curry paste, lime juice, ground turmeric, cayenne pepper, chopped cilantro, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Cut the chicken into slices, about two inches thick.
- In a large Ziploc bag or bowl, pour the marinade over the chicken and let sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour, preferably two hours.
- Sauté the minced ginger and garlic over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter, soy sauce, chicken broth, honey, sriracha, lime juice and crushed red pepper and whisk until smooth. Bring the sauce to a medium boil and then reduce heat to low. If it is too thick for your taste, add some water or a bit more chicken broth to loosen. Simmer for about 15 minutes and set aside.
- Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and thread them onto your skewers.
- Grill* the chicken over medium heat for 7-10 minutes, then flip and grill for another 7-10 minutes. Cook time may fluctuate depending on how thick you cut the chicken and how powerful your grill is.
- Enjoy with a squeeze of lime juice, crushed peanuts, a sprinkle of cilantro and plenty of spicy peanut dipping sauce.
*This chicken can be done under your oven's broiler if you don't have a grill.